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25 March 2020, 17:47

Call for prompt solution to coronavirus-related labor migration problems in EAEU

Andrei Slepnev. An archive photo
Andrei Slepnev. An archive photo

MINSK, 25 March (BelTA) – The labor migration situation in the Eurasian Economic Union has been complicated by entry restrictions enforced by most of the EAEU member states due to the spread of the new coronavirus and requires a prompt resolution, BelTA learned from Andrei Slepnev, Member of the Board (Minister) for Trade of the Eurasian Economic Commission, after an extraordinary session of the Council of the Eurasian Economic Commission on 25 March.

The official said: “As for labor migration, the issue is being discussed in the context of, certainly, quarantine restrictions on travels of individuals. No doubt the situation is obviously acute and requires an immediate response.”

The official added that participants of the session had specifically discussed everything relating to the movement of personnel of transportation infrastructure, drivers that deliver goods and other personnel. “The sides were instructed to work out the necessary mechanisms to ensure unhindered and uninterrupted operation of the commodity distribution network,” Andrei Slepnev stressed. “As for travels of individuals, who are returning to the home countries via other EAEU countries, the matter has been discussed. It is part of the routine work of emergency response centers. Issues emerge and get promptly resolved at the bilateral level.”

The session of the Council of the Eurasian Economic Commission was held as a video conference chaired by Deputy Prime Minister of Belarus Igor Petrishenko.

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